Archive - 2009



January 11, 2010 - Sean Penn, "The Hurt Locker" and Mariah Carey ...

Beside Mariah Careys tipsy speech, the most entertaining speech of the evening probably belonged to surprise guest Sean Penn, who carried his drink with him onto the stage when he turned up to present T-Bone Burnett with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing and then started with, "You think anything's gonna make You Tube tonight?" Then, before reading a lengthy ode to Burnett, Penn admitted, "Best-laid plans of mice and men: I intended to do this in absolute sobriety, so forgive me if I squeak."

But it was “The Hurt Locker” and its star, Jeremy Renner, that Sean Penn wanted to talk about.
“It’s not an anti-war film, it’s not right or left. It doesn’t take sides. It’s real life, executed skillfully and powerfully. It trusts that real life is incredibly dramatic, and it says to you, there are times when it might be the right thing to support war – but know this: war hurts. ‘The Hurt Locker’ hurts.”

“It’s dealing with a territory where I spent time,” he said. “I am an envious person, and I wanted to criticize it. But I couldn’t, because it gets it right.”

After rhapsodizing about the film a while longer, Penn stopped and laughed. “You can sum it up,” he offered, “by saying, ‘That ass---- Penn is a fan.’”

The complete interview:

More about "The Hurt Locker"


January 5, 2010 - Sean Penn is back on board with the Three Stooges

The actor dropped out of the Farrelly Brothers’ ‘Three Stooges’ movie back in June, while his marriage to Robin Wright Penn was falling apart. A rep announced at the time that he was going to take a break from movies, dropping both the Stooges flick and the crime thriller, ‘Cartel,’ to concentrate on family life. At the time, Penn’s decision dashed the Farrelly Brothers’ hopes of getting the long-awaited Stooges flick off the ground in 2009. But Robin filed for divorce in August, leaving Sean to pursue all the slapstick opportunities he pleases.

Bobby Farrelly told the Boston Herald’s The Track blog that Penn is now ready to play Stooge Larry. “We got him back,” Farrelly said. “He always said he wanted to do it after, you know, taking care of his family.”

Allegedly, the filmmaking team behind ‘There’s Something About Mary,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘Fever Pitch’ tried to replace Penn with Paul Giamatti, but The Track says that didn’t pan out.

Last year, Variety reported that the new ‘Three Stooges’ movie is not a biopic but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard played during the Stooges’ Columbia years. Benicio Del Toro is tipped to play Moe but there is still no Curly. Jim Carrey was reportedly in talks at one point but Bobby Farrelly has called false on that rumour.

The Farrellys have been working to bring the Stooges back to screen for over a decade.

Meanwhile, Bobby and brother Peter are working on ‘Hall Pass’ with Owen Wilson, a comedy scheduled to begin shooting next month in Atlanta.

Story provided by the Dish Information Corporation

October 22, 2009 - First Test Screening for "Fair Game" in Minneapolis

On October 21 the first test screening for "Fair Game" took place in Minneapolis - and the audience seemed to love the film!

Some reactions from the IMDB-Forum:

"Sean Penn was amazing."

"Sean Penn is hot, not because he's gorgeous, although he is so damned talented."

"It's probably another deserved Oscar for Penn."

Looks good! More reactions later on.



October 22, 2009  - "The Tree of Life" not out until 2010

Apparition's Bob Berney confirmed, that The Tree of Life won't be out until 2010.

"It's definitely not going to come out this year," Berney admitted. "I can't tell you when it will come out." Not a very optimistic response. The film will probably end up at Cannes next year. In September, The Playlist made that exact prediction, which seems accurate, considering Cannes loves Malick and probably wants to debut The Tree of Life there. Now it's just waiting and hoping that Malick will actually finish editing it by May . We'll probably hear more on this sometime next year.




October 22, 2009  - Harvey Milk Day

Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a law introducing a memorial day for gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill because he thought there was no need for a Harvey Milk Day. He says he changed his mind due to the publicity Harvey Milk and his work received in the past year. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on 12 August 2009, and the film Milk was made about his life, starring Sean Penn who received an Oscar for the leading  role.
Harvey Milk Day will be 22 May, the date of his birth. The day will not be a state holiday but will be commemorated by California's public schools.



August 13, 2009  - Sean Penn: Some Updates and lots of holiday

Informationen on Sean are coming in sparely these days - but here are some news anyway:

Fair Game

Die Website "30 Ninjas" has a Fair Game Blog (Fair Game Industrie Blog) - quite interesting there is the entry "The Meta World of Sean Penn and Fair Game".

The Tree of Life

Anybody remembering this project?

Well, there is maybe great news for fans of Terrence Malick! Yesterday it was announced that Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney had launched a new distribution company called Apparition (read the press release). The first two films on their slate are Jane Campion's romance Bright Star and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which has remained mysteriously under the radar for years. Buried within this Variety article is this little nugget of news: "Tree of Life, which hasn't been dated but will be released around the year-end holiday season. The 2009 bow is interesting since Malick is famous for long post-production periods."

Source: firstshowing


And what else is new?

Sean Penn looks like he is enjoying the summer, spends time with his kids and still gives us the Spicoli ...

More Surfer-Pics here

June 17,  - Sean Penn pulls out of projects

19. April 2009 - Sean Penn as Nazi-Hunting Rockstar


New Set-Foto
New York, Mai 18

Sean Penn is in talks to star in "This Must Be the Place", a film that will mark the English-language feature debut of Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, who is Un Certain Regard jury prexy at Cannes.

Penn would play a wealthy rock star who becomes bored in his retirement and takes on the quest of finding his father’s executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S. The script was co-written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello. “This Must Be the Place” will be produced by Nicola Guiliano of Indigo Film and Andrea Occhipinti of Lucky Red, producer of Sorrentino’s “Il Divo.”

While conversations about financing are just getting under way, sources said Penn and Sorrentino have made the commitment to work together on the project, pending the completion of his previous film commitments that include “The Three Stooges,” the MGM comedy to be directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and star Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro; Universal/Imagine drama “Cartel,” to be helmed by Asger Leth; and “Fair Game.” That Doug Liman-directed drama about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame has just gotten under way, with Penn and Naomi Watts starring for River Road.

Penn most recently completed the Terrence Malick-directed “The Tree of Life,” also starring Brad Pitt, for River Road.

Source: Variety

May 15, 2009 - Natalie Portman shoots down Sean Penn rumors

April 21, 2009 -
"Fair Game" - New Photos from Location


More photos HERE and HERE

April 9, 2009 - "Fair Game" - Sean Penn filming in Brooklyn 

Getting back to work on a brand new film, Sean PEnn was spotted arriving to the set of “Fair Game” in Brooklyn on Monday (April 6). Showing off his grayish hair, the Oscar-winning actor looked in high spirits - laughing with his companions as he geared up for the day’s duties.
Meanwhile, Penn recently spoke out about his distaste for much of today’s cinema, telling Total Film magazine: “I have dubbed myself the Minister of Complaint about Hollywood movies and I do find it very difficult to not (sic) get uncontrollably in a rage most of the time when I go to movies.”
The “Milk” actor added: “If you care about what you do, you have the disappointments of giving everything to something that then seems to not be important to most people - or a studio wasn’t bold enough to give it the help it might need. Those disappointments register and then they’re balanced with what one sees being embraced, which I see as a bucket of mediocrity at best. I think if you stop being confrontational and ornery about this stuff, then the termites will start at your feet and work down and the next thing you know, you’ve got fantastic ab muscles and a gun in your hand and are basically saying it’s OK to kill people. That’s what I think a lot of movies come to and I find that offensive but there is a tax to pay for not loving murder worship.”


 "Fair Game" Set-Photos   HERE

April 9, 2009 - "Witch Hunt" - produced and narrated by Sean Penn - on TV April 12 

Bakersfield, California - The award-winning documentary Witch Hunt, a story about the arrest, conviction, and later exoneration of dozens of Bakersfield, California, adults for alleged child sex abuse in the mid-1980s, makes its world television premiere April 12 on MSNBC, with a DVD release April 14. The documentary is narrated by Academy Award® winning actor Sean Penn, with music by Pearl Jam (whose lead singer, Eddie Vedder, donated the song after viewing an early version of the film) ... MORE

Youtube: Witch Hunt Trailer

March 16, 2009 - "Crossing Over" collapses with Sean Penn crossed out

This should be a happy moment for "Crossing Over," a movie that wrapped with heavy-hitters Harrison Ford and Sean Penn as the A's in its A-list cast. Penn is a newly minted Oscar winner, and this hopped-up immigration drama, set in the land of "Milk" and honey, should be able to tout him on the marquee.

Penn, alas, is a no-show in "Crossing Over" - he demanded to be cut out of the finished picture for unspecified reasons. It's speculated that Penn didn't like the way "Crossing Over" treated certain Arab/Iranian characters - neither did some watchdog groups, which demanded that cuts be made to the film. Other reports say Penn asked to be removed because the movie sucked, begging the question of why he appears in "I Am Sam."

If the latter is true, then I'm forced to agree with Penn's review, but in deference to writer-director Wayne Kramer ("Running Scared"), I don't know how you salvage a movie after amputating a major star. The resulting film is choppy and disconnected, which seems to confirm rumors that it was edited by various combinations of Penn, Ford, and executive producer Harvey Weinstein. The finished product looks as though it was designed to satisfy egos, not viewers. Ford is one of the few characters who looks good - a veteran immigration officer in L.A. with a heart of gold. And Penn does not look bad, because he is gone.
(...)  Too bad Kramer can't include a "behind the scenes" segment like they do for DVDs. In this case, the "making of" documentary would be more surreal than the movie itself.

Source: Gary Thompson / Philadelphia Daily News

NIAC: Crossing Over' Director Says No More 'Honor Killing'

March 11, 2009 -
Sean Penn going after "Cartel"

Sean Penn is in talks to star in "Cartel," a drama for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Asger Leth will direct and Brian Grazer is producing. Scripted by Peter Craig, the mission movie will follow Ed Marker as he journeys to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels. The drama took root at Imagine as a remake of 1993 Italian film "La scorta," which followed four cops' struggle to guard a special prosecutor trying to bring Leth makes his dramatic feature directing debut on the film. The studio and Imagine want to get the picture into production by summer. Start date won't be firmed until Penn's deal is made.  Penn has also been in discussions to star with Naomi Watts in the Doug Liman - directed film Fair Game, a drama about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Those talks continue.

Source: Variety

March 8, 2009 - Sean Penn in San Francisco to push for Harvey Milk Day

Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn joined state Sen. Mark Leno in San Francisco Tuesday to announce the reintroduction of a bill to establish a statewide day honoring slain former city supervisor and gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk. 
Penn won an Oscar last month for his portrayal of Milk, the Castro District supervisor and first openly gay elected official of any large city in the country, who, along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White in 1978.
SB 572 is an effort to have Milk's May 22 birthday proclaimed a statewide "day of special significance" for public schools.
Penn said Tuesday he feels it is "essential...that we honor him in this way."

More incl. Video: HERE

March 8, 2009 - Sean Penn as himself in "Fiercley" ("What just happend") 

Official Website:

March 1, 2009 - An American in Paris

Hollywood actors Dustin Hoffman and SEAN PENN were the toast of the French movie industry on Friday night - with tributes at the annual Cesar Awards.
Hoffman received a lifetime achievement prize at the glittering ceremony in Paris, France while Sean Penn was a guest of honour at the event.
Penn took to the stage to present the prestigious Best Film award to French movie Seraphine, which went on to win six more trophies including Best Actress for Yolande Moreau.
Sean Penn's own movie, In The Wild, was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category, but lost out to Israeli animated documentary Waltz With Bashir.

Sean Penn mit Diane Krüger und Emma Thompson sowie den Preisträgern (Bild oben links)

Sean Penn eyes the White House from France


Februar 27, 2009 -
Sean Penn in "Fair Game"?

"Fair Game," the drama about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, has come together with Naomi Watts starring, "Mrs. and Mrs. Smith" helmer Doug Liman directing and William Pohlad's River Road financing.

But the big question is whether Oscar-winning "Milk" star Sean Penn will close a deal to play Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Penn is negotiating, but no deal has closed.Pohlad has a strong relationship with Penn: he was a producer on the Terrence Malick-directed "Tree of Life," which stars Penn and Brad Pitt, and Pohlad also was a producer and financier for "Into the Wild," which Penn directed. Read more: Penn in talks for "Fair Game"

Source: Variety

The Plame Affaire (wikipedia)

Februar 26, 2009 -
ELLEN calls Oscar Winner Sean Penn

Ellen DeGeneres called Sean on her Show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Here is the clip:


February 23, 2009 - Sean Penn wins Best Actor Oscar for "MILK"

“You commie, homo-loving sons of guns. I did not expect this and I want it to be very clear that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often.”

Mickey Rourke was the sentimental favorite, but Sean Penn walked away with his second best-actor Academy Award on Sunday.

SAG winner Penn topped Rourke, who had taken the Golden Globe for his nearly autobiographical role in "The Wrestler." 

Penn’s was one of few surprises during Sunday’s ceremony, which saw “Slumdog Millionaire” load up on the statuettes, winning eight Oscars including best picture and best director for Danny Boyle.

The Oscars 2009 - Photos

Sean Penn's acceptance speech

Dustin Lance Black's acceptance speech









February 18, 2009 - Sean Penn - Rolling-Stone-Magazine Interview (complete)

Here you'll find the full interview (9 Pages), that Sean Penn gave the Rolling Stone Magazine (PDF)

Sean Penn - Rolling Stone Interview

February 10, 2009 - More Awards for MILK

OK, no award at the BAFTAs - so what ...

Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black took home both the top film prize for Best Original Screenplay and the Paul Selvin special award for highlighting civil rights issues. The first-time screenwriter gave two emotional acceptance speeches (to a standing ovation from the crowd) that highlighted Harvey Milk's legacy and the need to change perceptions about gay and lesbian civil rights in this country, noting, ""We need to dream bigger than Proposition 8 ... I’m a child of Harvey Milk, and I’m a child of the movies. Those two things can inspire a guy to dream big."

Films for Peace

The Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year was presented to Milk’s director Gus Van Sant “for the characterization of a great fighter for human rights.”
Among the nominees were Revolutionary Road “,” Frost / Nixon “, ” Slumdog Millionaire “ and Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie.
'Cinema for Peace' is a worldwide initiative promoting humanity through film. Members of the international film community have created a platform for peace and tolerance. Screenwriters, directors and producers are celebrated with the Cinema for Peace Award for commendable works at the gala.

The Boston Society of Film Critics Award for "Best Director" was presented to Gus van Sant for his films MILK and Paranoid Park, the award for best script went once again to Dustin Lance Black.

Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke tied for "Best Actor", and both (!) said thank you in a Video message ...


Boston Society of Film Critics

Cinema for Peace

Writers Guild of America

February 6, 2009 - Sean Penn's movies 'weird out' his kids

Sean Penn has confessed his two kids don't see many of his movies because it "weirds them out".

"They've hardly seen any of them," he tells Rolling Stone magazine. "By their design. It weirds them out.

"They've seen a few," he adds. "They both came to the Milk premiere. I don't think either one of them has seen more than four movies that I've been in."

Sean and his actress wife Robin Wright Penn have a daughter, Dylan, 17 and a son, 15-year-old Hopper, who both had differing views on his dad's role as gay politician Harvey Milk in the Oscar nominated movie. "The joke was that my son's problem was seeing his father kiss [James] Franco, and my daughter's problem was seeing Franco kiss her father," he says.

Outtakes from the Rolling Stone Interview

The story behind the story

The roles that defined the 'MILK' star


February 6, 2009 - Sean Penn on Tavis Smiley Late Night

Sean Penn recollects the early influences on his decision to pursue the entertainment business and his activism and talks about why he chose to play the lead in the film Milk.

You can watch the whole interview (approx. 22 min.) on PBS - Tavis Smiley.





February 2, 2009 - Stars warm up for the Oscars with a little Lunch

The 2009 Oscar nominees got to mix and mingle with their competition at the annual luncheon thrown in their honor in Beverly Hills earlier today. Brad and Angelina sat this one out, but Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Gus van Sant, Josh Brolin and lots of others were happy to come out and pose in front of the the big golden statue.In just a few weeks this group will be separated into winners and those who are just happy to be nominated, but for now they all seem to be enjoying the honor of being recognized for their hard work.


January 31, 2009 - World Food Programme Spot with Sean Penn

WFP has produced a new PSA starring actor/director Sean Penn. The 30 second PSA asks viewers to consider a “human rescue plan” during the global financial crises and is due to be released during the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. It shows actor Sean Penn unrolling rolls of dollar bills that create a graph showing the disparity between the various finacial rescue plans and the Iraq War with what it would cost to feed every hungry school child for a year.


World Food Programme (international Website)




January 31, 2009 - "MILK" - New Filmclips & Spots online

The newest Videos, Filmclips and Spots about MILK you can watch -> HERE






27. Januar 2009 - "Into The Wild" für französischen Filmpreis César nominiert

The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have uncovered their official selections for the 34th "César" Awards. Amog others, Sean Penn's 'Into the Wild' got a nomination for "Foreign Film of the Year".
Winners of the 34th Cesar Awards will be announced on February 27. Held in the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the gala ceremony will be nationally televised in France. Complete list of the awards' nominees can be read at Academie des Cesar.

In a break from tradition, seven films, rather than the usual five, will compete for foreign film of the year. Squaring off in the category are

  • "Gomorra" (Matteo Garrone)

  • "Le silence de Lorna" (Dardenne-brothers)

  • "Two Lovers" (James Gray)

  • "Waltz With Bashir" (Ari Folman)

  • "Eldorado" (Bouli Lanners)

  • "There will be blood" (Paul Thomas Anderson)

  • "Into the wild" (Sean Penn)

Januar 26, 2009 - Sean Penn takes Best Actor SAG for MILK

As award’s season heats up, Sean Penn has emerged as an early front runner to win an Oscar after taking home top honors at Sunday’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.

Sean Penn took home the night's best actor prize for his critically praised performance as gay rights activist turned politician Harvey Milk. The film was largely overlooked by the Golden Globes – Sean Penn scored the film’s only nomination, and was beat by The Wrestler’s comeback kid, Mickey Rourke.

Rourke and Penn are now largely favored as the ones to beat at February’s Oscars. Milk scored eight nominations when the Academy Award nominees were announced this week.

"As actors we don't play gay, straight ...we play human beings,” Penn said upon accepting the award. “(I'm) so appreciative of this acknowledgment. This is a story of equal rights for all human beings. Thanks Gus Van Sant, Lance Black, the counsel of Cleve Jones and the great Harvey Milk.”






More about the SAG in the People Magazine


Januar 24, 2009 - 8 Oscar-Nominations for MILK

The Oscar nominations are out and among those getting a nod is MILK - nominated for eight awards total. It garnered a best actor nod for Sean Penn who played Harvey Milk, best supporting actor for Josh Brolin who played Milk’s assassin Dan White, and Gus Van Sandt for best director. Most notably, it has been nominated for best picture. Dustin Lance Black grabbed the nod for what is his very first major screenplay.


  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Sean Penn
  • Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Josh Brolin
  • Achievement in Directing – Gus Van Sant
  • Best Original Screenplay – Dustin Lance Black
  • Achievement in Costume Design– Danny Glicker
  • Achievement in Film Editing – Elliot Graham
  • Best Orignal Score – Danny Elfman

Direcotr Gus van Sant:
I am so thankful, so humbled, by The Academy for the nominations they have given our film. I'm so proud of our screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, and our incredible team––Danny Glicker, Danny Elfman, Elliot Graham––and our amazing producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. These nominations ensure that Harvey Milk's legacy will live on.

More reactions on the MILK nominations  HERE

Everything Oscar HERE




January 19. Fuqua wants Sean Penn for Scarpa

According to filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) is planing a new project.

When asked about any projects Fuqua mentioned wanting to stay in New York with a biopic based on the life of Gregory Scarpa Sr., the chief enforcer for the Colombo crime family, known as "The Grim Reaper," who was also an FBI informant for over thirty years:

"It's called 'Scarpa' with Morgan Creek, and it's New York again, Brooklyn, FBI, Italian gangsters, it takes place from the '60s to the '90s, and we're talking to Sean Penn."



17. Januar 2009 - Sean Penn meets head of Human Rights Watch

According to the New York Post, last week Sean Penn called José Miguel Vivanco, head of Human Rights Watch's Latin America division, and asked for a meeting. Vivanco flew to San Francisco to dine with the Sean Penn on Thursday and brief him on the situation in Cuba and Venezuela. Vivanco was thrown out of the latter country by President Hugo Chavez last year. "It's never too late to do the right thing," says Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation. "Political prisoners in Venezuela and Cuba could use the help of someone like Sean Penn."

Source: New York Post

  Human Rights Watch


January 12, 2009 - Golden Globes: Sean Penn missing

Milk_pennIt's an open secret, that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Sean Penn are not really best friends. Even when he won the Golden Globe in 2004 for Mystic River Sean wasn't there. Now this year the HFPA really snubbed MILK by not giving them any Golden Globe Nominations beside Sean Penn's Best Actor - not really a good start to make these tow become friends ...
First, Sean Pen
didn't bother to attend the HFPA press conference for Milk.
And last night neither him nor co-star James Franco (nominated for "Pineapple Express") showed up at the Golden Globes.
By the way: Mickey Rourke won and thanked his dogs for it - Congratulation!

January 9, 2008 - Sean Penn
& the MILK-Ensemble win Critics Choice Award

The Broadcast Film Critics Association held the 14th annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony last night with all A-listers show up for the event.

Critics’ Choice Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in movie industry and it previews the main winners of Golden Globes and Oscar.

Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner of the night, winning five following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Yong Actor/Actress, and Best Composer.

Milk was honored with Best Actor for Sean Penn als well as the Best Acting Ensemble Award.

Kristin Scott Thomas hands over the Critics Choice Award to Sean Penn

Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Sean Penn
with the Award for Best Ensemble

Inseparable ...


Sean Penn - Best Actor Award for "Milk" (from 2:20)


See more on VH1 - Critics Choice Awards 2009


January 7, 2008 - Palm Springs honors Sean Penn

The Palm Springs Film Festival will honor Sean Penn - again.

On January 6, the Palm Springs International Film Festival honored Sean Penn - again. Sean received the Desert Palm Achievement Award for his performance in Milk. Fest chairman Harold Matzner highlighted Penn’s perf in “Milk” as “one of the greatest acting performances in 2008.”

Activist Cleve Jones, played by Emile Hirsch in Milk, presented the Award to Sean Penn. When accepting the statuette, Penn talked about his performance. “I was here last year,” he said. “Daniel Day-Lewis was here last year and when I saw what he did in that movie (‘There Will Be Blood'), boy, it's challenging. (I thought) ‘I'm going to have to work a little harder.' And I did work a little harder.”

Sean Penn, who received Director of the Year honors for "Into the Wild" in 2008, is the first person to receive awards from the festival in back-to-back years.

Awarded as well was Gus Van Sant. Josh Brolin presented to his director from Milk the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

Pics & a Video (Sean Penn at 2.24)



January 6, 2008 - Sean Penn in New York

The 2009 award season officially kicked off in NYC last night with some of the faces who we'll be seeing a lot of over the next few months. Penelope Cruz and Sean Penn were among the winners at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Josh Brolin also won an acting award for Milk and shared the love with his costar on the red carpet. The acclaimed movie also won best picture at the awards.

Josh Brolin on Sean Penn: "Quite an actor Sean Penn, quite an actor. [Pause] Amazing. [Pause] And now I'm an asshole. Like Russell Crowe.  Because I'm not as smart as Sean. [Pause] Quite an actor. [Pause] Amazing actor. I've loved you in Milk, I thought what you did with that role was incredible. We've known you as an actor who doesn't smile very much. And the fact that you smiled as much as you did in this film is amazing. Truly incredible. You are an amazing actor. You are going to get the Oscar. Because you smiled so much."

More pics  HERE

Read more: At New York Film Critics Circle, Brolin being Brolin


January 5, 2009 - National Society of Film Critics pick Sean Penn as "Best Actor"

NEW YORK – Sean Penn, who stars in Milk, and Happy-Go-Lucky's Sally Hawkins were named best actor and actress Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics, positioning them as front-runners for next month's Academy Awards. The critics' association chose Waltz With Bashir as the year's best film in a surprise move. Other film associations had picked Slumdog Millionaire, Milk or Wall-E.

Penn's award, one of several prizes ahead of February's Oscars, was for his acclaimed performance as San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, a gay rights leader who was assassinated along with the city's mayor by a fellow politician in 1978.

The National Society of Film Critics includes members from major newspapers in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Chicago as well as from Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Critics' awards help build momentum heading toward the Academy Awards, or Oscars, which are the world's top film awards given out on the final Sunday in February by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



News-Archive 2008